Australia will send the first group of asylum seekers to an offshore processing centre in Nauru this week, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says.
Mr Bowen has formally signed a document authorising the move and will table it in parliament later in the day.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Julia Gillard also sealed a deal with Papua New Guinea's government to conduct offshore processing on Manus Island.
Lawmakers approved offshore processing camps for asylum seekers last month.
The moves, whereby asylum seekers arriving by boat are relocated to offshore centres while their claims are assessed, are aimed at deterring people from making the dangerous journey to Australia by boat.
In recent months the number of arrivals has increased and several boats have either sunk or got into trouble.
Mr Bowen said he had "signed the legislative instrument designating the Republic of Nauru as a regional processing country".
The Australian and Nauru governments had been working together for ''a transfer to occur in the latter part of this week", he told a press conference in Canberra.
He did not specify the numbers or specific group of asylum seekers who would be sent to the Pacific island, but said that anyone who had arrived after 13 August could be transferred. (BBC)
First transfer of IMAs from Christmas Island to Nauru Raw footage of the first group of asylum seekers to be transferred from Christmas Island to Nauru, as part of the new offshore processing arrangements.
Comments - 7
Chands Friday, 14 September 2012 05:59 AM
Nairu for five years and back to Sri Lanka. Good place blokes. Keep on coming and sacrifice your wealth to human smugglers.
ampare son Friday, 14 September 2012 12:02 PM
thank you australia.
Kadiya Friday, 14 September 2012 12:42 PM
Yes, all economic "refugees" can now go to Naura. Finally Australian govt had to took this correct decision.
Nodrog Saturday, 15 September 2012 12:56 AM
That place is a hell-hole. Refugees being sent there are in for a huge shock and will wish they were back home.
chuti Friday, 14 September 2012 07:53 AM
Now SL Navy could relax. No need to go after boats anymore. Let them leave as they wish.
Kiwi Saturday, 15 September 2012 01:36 AM
To many of these asylum seekers languishing in a camp in Nauru would be better than trying to make a living in Sri Lanka!
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 14 September 2012 09:55 AM
Ok guys now get ready to go to Nauru and languish in their camps. Good Luck to the human smugglers. A very good move by the Australian aurhotities to get rid of this menace.
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